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Officers Investigated For Making Teens Do Push-Ups

Officers Investigated For Making Teens Do Push-Ups | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Four police officers in Rhode Island are being investigated for making five boys do pushups on the side of a street as punishment for damaging a mailbox.
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Donna Sharp's comment, November 27, 2012 1:43 AM
First of all I would like to say these boys should be thankful they were not arrested for vandalism. But I do see where this is a slippery slope so to speak. I understand that it is not an Officers duty to lay out “punishment” but in my mind this is just the same as if the Officers would have just let them go with a warning, and it is now all blown out of proportion. This reminds of me of the video clip Tristian showed regarding the two boys who skipped school and were required to clean the streets, how come the officers who were involved in the supervision of those two boys are not being investigated? Is it because one of the boys’ mothers was also there? I don’t think these Officers should face any official punishments for this and that they should just keep this situation in mind the next time so they don’t get themselves in a heap of trouble.
Gregory's comment, December 1, 2012 7:43 PM
Yea I agree that its weird that the boys did not charged with vandalism. I do however find it hilarious that they made the teens do push ups on the side of the street. It's not even that bad when you think about it, its just not seen too well because yes it is a abuse of power. Maybe the officers were just using their best judgement to try to get these kids back on the course straight. Taking those kids and hitting there record with vandalism may be the start to what causes them to head down the slope to a criminal career. Without being there is hard to tell what the whole story is but I believe in the officers. I think they were looking out for them and their future.
Eric Martinsen's comment, December 2, 2012 8:26 PM
This doesn't seem to me like something that required an investigation, or that big of news coverage. Actually if it hadn't been recorded I doubt it would have been investigated at all. I think if they were made to do truly absurd or humiliating things than I would say there might be something wrong there. As is just having them do pushups reminds me of the army "Drop and give me Soldier" cliche. That's a possibility too, maybe one of them was in the army or thought of that and felt like those boys needed a little discipline, which they most certainly could use. Since I wasn't there though, I would say it all depends on with what mindset the officers gave the punishment, if it was serious, I'm ok with that but if it was a joke...that's not good.
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Questions of LAPD abuse go national - LA Observed

Questions of LAPD abuse go national - LA Observed | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
lapd-car-left.jpg Christine Pelisek, the veteran local police reporter who is now a Los Angeles writer for the Daily Beast, writes for the website's broad audience on "the latest use-of-force incident to surface in recent months ...
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Ohio police agency creates permanent 'lying' list for officers

Ohio police agency creates permanent 'lying' list for officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Lucas Sullivan The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Police Officer Gregory Stevens was trying to reconcile with his former girlfriend when he illegally searched for information (RT @PoliceOne: Ohio police agency creates permanent 'lying'...
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Man's killing by police is protested - Philadelphia Inquirer

Man's killing by police is protested - Philadelphia Inquirer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Philadelphia InquirerMan's killing by police is protestedPhiladelphia InquirerActivists rallied Sunday at 19th Police District headquarters in West Philadelphia to protest the death of Derrick "Browny" Flynn, who was shot by police two weeks ago.
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Young People and the NYPD -- Reflections on Universal Children's Day - Huffington Post (blog)

Young People and the NYPD -- Reflections on Universal Children's Day - Huffington Post (blog) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Game theory suggests that I will likely vote against a move that seems to take away from my interests even though a third party can evaluate that there are clear probabilistic gains to be made.  In other words, I'm more likely to win in the long run, but I refuse to play because of perceived short term loss.  Is that what happens with stop/frisk?  Can I not see that the police are improving the neighborhood for everyone--including me?

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Canton Police training goes high-tech with new system

Canton Police training goes high-tech with new system | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It's not quite RoboCop, but short of hiring cyborg officers, the future is now for Canton police.

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Taylor Altenburg's comment, November 29, 2012 9:49 PM
I think this is pretty cool, this can be very beneficial to officers training. I think working with this equipment will also give officers multiple opportunities to not only prepare but constantly practice for real situations that can come up. The only way to become successful is to practice good habits and this is taking police in the right direction. I think simulators are a great investment and help many institutions better themselves and staff.
Lindsey Giacomelli's comment, December 10, 2012 4:34 AM
When I was a Border Patrol Explorer and they had competitions they had these there. They are really cool. I have even been in where where it will shoot at you (little paint ball sized balls). I can see why they would be helpful.
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French police fire tear gas on second day of airport protest ...

French police fire tear gas on second day of airport protest ... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Eight people were arrested and three injured after protesters clashed with police in western France, as authorities tried to evict protesters camping on a future airport site located on protected swampland in ...
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Harvard Professor Finds Racial Profiling In Ads For Personal Data Site

Harvard Professor Finds Racial Profiling In Ads For Personal Data Site | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Dr. Latisha Smith, who is an expert in decompression sicknesses afflicting deep sea divers, has cleared criminal background checks throughout her entire medical career.
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part 134 of 200 countering police grappling takedown control tactics part 1

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Widely Distributed Police Sketch Versus Real Life Suspect [Updated]

Widely Distributed Police Sketch Versus Real Life Suspect [Updated] | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Is this an NYPD problem or a victim distortion problem?  The author admits confusion.  NYPD didn't say this was the suspect--just a person of interest...

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Police Chief Magazine - View Article

Police Chief Magazine - View Article | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The whole truth about whether officers can be dishonest: The Brady Decision.

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Facebook arrest: The girls were arrested for their own 'protection', report quotes policemen saying

Facebook arrest: The girls were arrested for their own 'protection', report quotes policemen saying | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The two Palghar girls, who were arrested over a Facebook comment one of them posted on Mumbai shut down after Bal thackeray's death, were arrested for 'their own protection', say the policemen in the report submitted by Inspector General Sukhwinder...
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Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age

Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
TULSA, Okla. - Jim Thavisay is secretly stalking one of his classmates. And one of them is spying on him. "I have an idea who it is, but I'm not 100% sure yet," said Thavisay, a 25-year-old...
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Top Cop Calls Out Obama On Gun Control

Top Cop Calls Out Obama On Gun Control | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ray Kelly responded Sunday to the accidental shooting of a 5-year-old girl in the Bronx, taking President Barack Obama to task for his lack of action on gun control.
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Donna Sharp's comment, November 27, 2012 2:02 AM
This article didn’t really say much I think. I do not think that if President Obama or any other law maker as a matter of fact is stricter on gun control and pushing this policy or that will make a darn difference because where there are criminals and or gangs there is a multitude of weapons and bashing Obama on the issue isn’t going to stop the criminal next door or down the street from getting their hands on a gun if and when they want one. I do hate to hear about innocent bystanders that are caught in a crossfire especially children because they are so innocent and do not deserve to get caught up in such situations but I still do not think that the guns are the issue it’s the hand that the gun is in.
Lindsey Giacomelli's comment, December 10, 2012 4:22 AM
I would like to say I love my second amendment right. I think more focus needs to be on gun safety instead of controlling who is allowed to have a gun. I feel that if someone wants a gun, it will be easy for them to get it whether it is legal or not. It is horrible when innocent people get shot and killed especially children, but I don't think pointing the finger at gun control laws is the answer.
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Stop and Frisk leaves Bronx teen Dead in front of his Grandmother and little brother.

NYPD chased an unarmed teenager into his home and shot him dead in front of his Grandmother and 6 year old brother. The murdered teen's Grandmother was then ...
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BridgetM's comment, November 26, 2012 5:28 PM
Yet again, another example of why the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy is a joke. It shouldn't even matter if this guy did have drugs on him, he does not deserve to be shot for that. Officers should not use deadly force unless their own or someone else is in imminent danger. The officers could have obtained a warrant to search the house, or maybe even knocked on the door so the grandmother could let him in. As long as the police in NYC continue to use these aggressive, profiling tactics, innocent people will continue to be punished.
Carolyn C.'s comment, September 18, 2013 2:35 AM
Hmm...these can be tricky because we do not know the whole story. Did the young man do something bad enough to get shot. From what I took from the video he was being chased because he had marijuana. Unless the young man had a gun and was threatening the police officer, the officer should have only shot the young man in the knee or shoulder instead of using deadly force.
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Officers Acted Appropriately In Fatal Pursuit | UK Police News - Police Oracle

Officers Acted Appropriately In Fatal Pursuit | UK Police News - Police Oracle | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
IPCC rules officers acted properly after car they were pursuing was involved in fatal RTC.
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Supreme Court blocks Illinois law prohibiting taping of police

Supreme Court blocks Illinois law prohibiting taping of police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a plea from the Cook County state's attorney to allow enforcement of a law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job.
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Rob Duke's comment, November 26, 2012 6:09 PM
I don't have a problem with the recording, but it's often the intrusive manner that folks want to conduct the recording. If I were in the situation of trying to engage in an investigation, I wouldn't let someone get close enough to be able to exchange contraband or weapons with the suspects; I wouldn't want them to get anywhere where I couldn't control their actions (or eventually someone will use recording as a ruse to hurt officers); nor would I want them to be in a position to interfere with the investigation, pass on information to other suspects, or be able to tamper with evidence. The press go by these rules, so it's only reasonable that citizens learn the rules, too.
Morgan Hostina's comment, November 28, 2012 1:10 AM
I definitely understand why it would be inconvenient, irritating and sometimes downright dangerous to have people trying to video tape and audio record police activity, but the idea that it would be a felony for "wire tapping" when a person who was in direct contact with LE is absurd. Making your own recording might be one of the only ways that could show your side of the story. Like in the NYPD Stop and Frisk case that was up here a while back. How else could that kid have shown the abuse that he and others were experiencing. That all being said, there do need to be some straightforward rules for it, like you had talked about in class. Maybe if you arent the person in direct contact with officers, aka not the recipient of their attention, there should be a distance or interference rule.
Rob Duke's comment, November 28, 2012 2:34 AM
@Morgan: that's a good point about the person who is having contact with the police recording. I'll have to consider that...these circumstances may be when a person needs to record the contact most....
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Legality of Warrantless Cellphone Searches Goes to Courts and Legislatures

Legality of Warrantless Cellphone Searches Goes to Courts and Legislatures | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Cel phones are easily destroyed along with the information contained on them.  Who watches out for the interests of victims (like the little boy beat--and killed--by mom's boyfried)?  Don't we weigh the expectations of privacy with the victim's right to justice?

 

Is it really reasonable to expect cops not to look at cel phones in those circumstances?

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Morgan Hostina's comment, November 28, 2012 12:54 AM
I understand all of the reasons why law enforcement would want access to this trove of information. It contains thoughts, times, and locations. A great deal of evidence that is often much more difficult to determine. That being said, this strikes me as a classic case of privacy interests. It reminds me very much of the Wong Sung case that helped establish the exclusionary rule and the "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine. This is obviously private information that was obtained in an impermissible manner. Its just a shame that this case had to be the one that will likely be creating case law specific to cell phones.
Rob Duke's comment, November 28, 2012 2:03 AM
Is Carroll vs. U.S. (1925) and the automobile exception analagous to cell phones? The court created an exception for warrantless searches on cars because autos are mobile and easily moved while officers seek warrants. In most cases, this is a mute point because bad guys do their best to destroy their phones when stopped by the police (we, of course, have good systems to retrieve info but it happens 9-5 mon-fri so we have plenty of time to seek warrants). The only other time is when we have exigent circumstances and we have another exception for exigencies.
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Shredded Police Documents Found At Macy's 2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade - Huffington Post

Shredded Police Documents Found At Macy's 2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade - Huffington Post | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
New York MagazineShredded Police Documents Found At Macy's 2012 Thanksgiving Day ParadeHuffington PostAttendees at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday were alarmed to discover something unusual littered among the usual multicolored confetti:...
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BridgetM's comment, November 26, 2012 5:47 PM
Wow. Of most professional organizations, you would expect that a police department would know better than to bring their own "confetti" to a parade. I'm sure it was one person who worked there or something, and didn't realize the contents of the documents, but how careless and irresponsible can people be. It's good that someone took notice and was able to report it so those whose information was listed can take proper precautions to protect their identities. Hopefully this will be a good lesson to other agencies to have good protocol in place for proper disposal of sensitive documents.
Donna Sharp's comment, November 27, 2012 2:26 AM
Wow…not sure what else I can mutter at this moment. How is it possible that such highly confidential documents that were so poorly shredded in the first place end up in the confetti of the Macy’s Parade? First off I think the Police Department needs to upgrade their shredder to at least a cris-cross model if they need I have one in the upstairs closet they can borrow. But all joking aside I think the department needs to make sure that such documents are properly destroyed within the confines of the department or at least within a company like Shreadaway who come to your location and destroy all documents right in the parking lot in their nifty trucks.
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Internal Affairs: San Jose cops grumble after dismal election results

Internal Affairs: San Jose cops grumble after dismal election results | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In any election, the losers arent necessarily on the ballot. San Jose Police Sgt. Jim Unland, the savvy president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, found himself on the defensive last week after election returns did not favor the cops.
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Reno police: Burglary suspect jumps off 20-foot roof to escape arrest

Reno police: Burglary suspect jumps off 20-foot roof to escape arrest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Reno Police Department says it found a man on top of a north Reno business early Sunday and he was injured as he jumped off a 20-foot roof to avoid police.
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Shootout and Takedown! Police tactics in action! - Watch how it's done!

Officers shoot two men breaking into house! After the shoot, officers use response tactics to extract suspects from house... Give your training thoughts in c...
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Alabama deputy sheriff killed investigating domestic violence incident

Alabama deputy sheriff killed investigating domestic violence incident | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The same institutions and social pressures that sometimes contribute to officers abuses, also contributes to a situation where a lone deranged man can take on 3 deputies, killing one and seriously injuring another before a third deputy can neutralize him.  It's a serious policing problem when officers are not free to use tactics sufficient to prevent this sort of attack.  I'm sure responding to a "family" Thanksgiving meal meant the officers felt they had to go in and "calm" this man down.  It's easy for some to criticize cops for being too aggressive without understanding how fast a determined person can gain an advantage and kill officers.

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Morgan Hostina's comment, November 28, 2012 1:13 AM
If nothing else, this should be a reminder to citizens whenever there is use of force by police, that the threat against them is very real. I think people often either forget, or prefer to ignore that police are in very dangerous situations, because when somebody is injured or killed by police, it would be much easier to blame them than the injured party.
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California gets face scanners to spy on everyone at once — RT

California gets face scanners to spy on everyone at once — RT | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a single second, law enforcement agents can match a suspect against millions upon millions of profiles in vast detailed databases stored on the cloud. It’s all done using facial recognition, and in Southern California it’s already occurring.
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Clashes at big Thailand protest

Clashes at big Thailand protest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police in the Thai capital, Bangkok, use tear gas against thousands of protesters calling for the overthrow of the prime minister.
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